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YMC Overarching Goal

Observing the weather-climate system of Earth's largest archipelago to improve understanding and prediction of its local variability and global impact

The Indo-Pacific Maritime Continent (MC) archipelago, a unique mixture of land and seas straddling the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, plays a pivotal role in the global weather-climate continuum. Predicting extreme events and their associated diurnal cycle, synoptic weather systems, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), and the monsoons is of paramount socioeconomic benefit to the region and the world.

"Years of the Maritime Continent (YMC)" is an international project that started in 2017 and will last till 2020. Its goal is to expedite the progress of improving understanding and prediction of local multi-scale variability of the MC weather-climate systems and its global impact through observations and modeling exercises.